CALLS OUT MY ARGUMENTS
may be necessary to explain what calls out my arguments. All that I
write is intended to destroy some belief of the patient.
belief is what I call "disease," for that embraces the
cause, and it sets the people to reasoning, until their systems are
prepared, like the earth, to receive the idea. And when the
phenomenon is brought forth, the doctors call that "disease."
belief in an idea that cannot be seen by the natural eye is as real
as the belief existing in the natural world.
instance, every person who has not been there believes there is a
rebellion at the South - and every day brings evidence to prove the
truth of their belief. But those who are there have no belief. They
that does not come within the natural senses must be a belief.
Disease is one of this class. The phenomenon is admitted, and to make
man admit it involves a belief that it exists.
does not follow that he is diseased, any more than it follows that a
man is in the war because he believes there is one. (Yet he may be
liable to be caught, though there are some exceptions.)
like some diseases, has its exempts. For instance, small pox. A man
can procure a certificate from a physician that he has had it or has
been vaccinated. So the belief makes the thing to the person
believing it, and as the belief becomes general, every person is
affected, more or less.
are not exempts. They suffer if they are in the vicinity of the
disease for their “parents' sins." Their diseases are the
effect of the community.
children at the South had nothing to do with this rebellion, and
neither do children have any part in the belief in the evils that
come upon them in the form of disease. These come from the older
inhabitants who embody the superstitions of the world, and they are
as tenacious of their beliefs as they are of their lives - for their
life is in their belief.
how the South fights for slavery under the belief that it is a divine
institution. The people believe the same of disease, and each one
will fight for his peculiar disease, till truth will exterminate
is as dangerous as the other, and each has its sympathizers and
a person sick under the "law of disease" - which he knows
will kill him, if the law is put in force. He or she is as anxious to
condemn himself or herself by insisting that they have a certain
disease as a Rebel is to swear that a Yankee is an abolitionist. Each
is working to have the victim condemned.
may be summed up as the effect of man's belief.
sects fight for their various beliefs which contain not a word of
truth, and the world has to suffer the consequences.
medical faculty, spiritualists and every class who have wit enough to
have a belief keep up a warfare all the time to keep their beliefs
alive, that they may obtain a living. But when these are cut by
Science (or Truth), they wither and die out, and from the ashes comes
Freedom (or Science).
is always engendered by beliefs.
is only the name for all evils that have affected man, of which
disease is one. They all have to pass through a sea of blood before
their heads can be crushed, and they can be handled by reason.
opinions have waded through blood before reason could control the
mind, and then the warfare is carried on in words.
freedom has not yet gone through this sea of blood but is now in the
storm, and God only knows how it will come out.
belief which makes man bind his fellow man is very strong, for it
appeals to the religious prejudices - and they really are the bottom
of all evils.
natural man believes slavery is right, and he is religious in this
belief, although in everything else, he is governed by party
sick person is suffering - either directly or indirectly - from the
effect of some belief. Therefore my arguments are to show the
absurdity of the beliefs - whatever they are - for beliefs are
instance, who would believe that any sane man at the North would
“catch the belief” of secession. Yet it is quite common.
have to come in contact with many persons' beliefs - either directly
child is a mere tool in the hands (or belief) of the parent - just as
the Southern child takes its parents' beliefs, without knowing the
consequences. Therefore, the child is affected by its parents'
beliefs, which are just as real an enemy to health as slavery is to
is the True Man.
is the enemy to happiness, for everyone knows that a man will die
before he will give up his belief! So when a person has a belief in
any particular disease, he will not give it up until it destroys the
body - although he knows that fighting is his own destruction.
belief always makes out its own destruction.
I sit by persons, I find them either like a child or a person in a
belief. If they have no ideas that come within their senses, they are
like one affected by surrounding circumstances - as a child whose
parents are fighting is frightened and perhaps killed by the parents'
I have a patient who is frightened by some feeling in their system
which they have not named, they are like a spectator in a riot who
finds himself attacked and violently abused , when he has been quiet
all the time.
he knows that every person is liable to be affected by the company he
have to reason with such persons and convince them of their error.
And as they learn the truth, they are safe - for to know a truth is
to get out of an error (or disease).
take the same course with such as I should with a stranger who had
ignorantly got into a mob and was violently attacked. I enter the
crowd... take the man by the shoulders... lead him out... and then
befriend him till he is safe.
belief in disease is like a belief in any other evil, but there are
those who - putting entire confidence in the leaders - accept certain
beliefs. Such are honest and are the hardest patients to cure, for
they attach a religious respect to their beliefs, which are their
very life. They often say they would rather die than lose their
belief, going to establish any religion is held onto, as a child
holds onto its mother when it is afraid of strangers. I frequently
have a hard battle with such before they will relax, and they will
sometimes weep and lament as though I were really going to take their
I have no belief to give them, I try to show them the absurdity of
their own. It will be seen that in all I write, my reasoning is to
destroy some belief that my patient has.
(or that state of mind affecting people in that way) is caused by
various beliefs. Their minds, as I have said, are deceived into "bad
company." And they have to suffer the consequences of their
acts, although their intentions may have been good.
will state a case. A man uses tobacco freely - both chews and smokes.
His wife, being of a sympathetic nature, enters into his error to try
to reform him. This brings her into the same company that he is in.
She is regarded as bad as her husband.
is beaten until blood starts out of her elbows, shoulders and limbs,
and her hands become swollen and sore so that she cannot work.
Meantime, her husband appears as well as ever!
is "taking a disease from sympathy,” and it shows that such
evils are "catching" in the world. To such I stand in this
way. I take the symptoms - and know who is the devil. I expose him,
and when I make the patient know him, the devil leaves, the error is
cast out, the belief leaves, and the patient is cured.
is a process of reasoning from cause to effect - not from effect to
effect. The world reasons to make one disease in order to cure
another. I destroy the disease by showing the error and showing how
the error affects the patient.
number of my pieces are on some religious belief, and they were
written to convince the patients of some error in regard to God which
they had embraced and which troubled them. Therefore, it was
necessary to change their belief and destroy the evil that tormented
them. And when they saw how inconsistent their belief was - it
changed their minds.